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Didn't We Want To Know? Comparative Analysis Of Local Vs. National Framing Of Gmo Labeling, Annia Quiroz Villa Jan 2015

Didn't We Want To Know? Comparative Analysis Of Local Vs. National Framing Of Gmo Labeling, Annia Quiroz Villa

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As the agriculture industry and biotechnologies grow and spread, it has become increasingly important to understand the science and policies surrounding it. Most recently the G.M.O labeling debate has had a high profile in the media and the public with three states having bills and initiatives up for vote on this issue. The research question presented was whether local news coverage of G.M.Os was framed more emotionally in comparison to coverage in major newspapers in the U.S. A content analysis was preformed on both local and national newspapers articles on G.M.O labeling and ...


News In The Shadow Of War, John Jefferson Lumpkin Jan 2015

News In The Shadow Of War, John Jefferson Lumpkin

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Theories over the role of news coverage in war and peace differ significantly in how much ability they afford the news media to affect public opinion and policy and the media’s overall relationship with political and economic power. This study offers a synthesized game theoretic model that asserts these theoretical stories can all be true, depending on the conditions in which a country’s media operates. It also finds evidence that a particular, invisible outcome of the model – that an independent news media in a state can deter that state from participating in wars – indeed occurs. Finally, the study ...


Publics And Counterpublics On The Front Page Of The Internet: The Cultural Practices, Technological Affordances, Hybrid Economics And Politics Of Reddit's Public Sphere, Noah Jerome Springer Jan 2015

Publics And Counterpublics On The Front Page Of The Internet: The Cultural Practices, Technological Affordances, Hybrid Economics And Politics Of Reddit's Public Sphere, Noah Jerome Springer

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation represents an in depth examination of the cultural practices, technological affordances and political economic forces that inform the publics and counterpublics formed on the website reddit. Through interpretivist netnography, textual analysis and document analysis, the research presented here establishes a variety of different events (both historical and contemporary) and discourses that have taken place on the site and shows how these events and discourses are emblematic of contemporary neoliberal ideologies. Drawing on the theoretical tradition of the “public sphere” established by Jürgen Habermas, this research concludes that reddit shows the potential for an effective public sphere through digital ...


Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham Jul 2014

Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study of climate change communications is an area of research that’s relatively new, changing and considerably important as the climate itself evolves. Analyses of climate change in the media have examined the impact of ideology, the power dynamics and politics over who speaks for the climate, and implications of the way climate change is framed. This study media effects and climate change communications, in order to showcase the unique “tale of two coastal cities,” considering a case study that compares New York City, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana. The study first explores a background of each region ...


“Traveling To Dangerous And Far-Flung Locales”: Representations Of The Other In Web-Based Travel Journalism, Lucia Mulherin Palmer Jan 2013

“Traveling To Dangerous And Far-Flung Locales”: Representations Of The Other In Web-Based Travel Journalism, Lucia Mulherin Palmer

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

International travel and tourism has increased dramatically over the past sixty years, causing it to become one of the largest global commercial industries. An increase in the prominence and quantity of travel journalism across various media platforms has accompanied the rise of the activity of international travel. This paper examines the discourse on "Other" cultures constructed through rhetorical strategies and representations in a web-based travel show, The Vice Guide to Travel. Although most travel research comes from an industry and market-driven point of view, there is a large body of research that critiques the implications of travel-related media, in particular ...


Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles Jan 2013

Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study investigates the previously unstudied role that popular magazines, as a form of soft news, potentially have in framing climate change debates, by carrying messages about the issue in ways that traditional media research has overlooked. This is done using content analysis to identify frequency of coverage and framing themes of climate change existence, causes, implications, and solutions.

With monthly circulations as high as 23 million per magazine, and a diverse audience that includes the American working class, magazines in this study vary widely across genres in their coverage and presentation of climate change from framing, sourcing, and policy ...


Revising The Rulebook, Revamping An Industry: Objectivity And Professional Journalism In Transition In The Modern Media Ecology, Christina Lefevre-Gonzalez Jan 2013

Revising The Rulebook, Revamping An Industry: Objectivity And Professional Journalism In Transition In The Modern Media Ecology, Christina Lefevre-Gonzalez

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Journalistic objectivity, a key journalism ethic in American newsrooms for much of the twentieth century, is a concept often taken for granted in journalism ethics. Despite its seemingly unimpeachable role in mainstream newsrooms, recent publications by media scholars and critics have interrogated the concept's continued applicability in today's more fluid, digitized media ecology. Little research, however, has clarified whether journalists continue to adhere to the objectivity standard in their work. Likewise, little research has investigated whether objectivity continues to be taught, or how educators address the concept in journalism ethics classrooms at the university level.

By interviewing journalists ...


Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins Jan 2013

Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The goal of this project is to explore solutions to the increasingly difficult challenge of covering international environmental topics, such as coral reefs and climate change, during times of constrained budgets, shrinking environmental reporting, and disappearing foreign news bureaus. In this context of limited resources, this study explores whether the periodic bibliographic review of scholarly literature may offer a low-expense avenue for news organizations to sustain or even increase the breadth and depth of coverage of these important topics. This study compares coverage of coral reefs and climate change in scholarly journal articles (2007-2011) to those in the popular press ...


Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli Jan 2012

Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study explores the communicative practices of the Italian radical group Red Brigades (BR), the relationship the group established with the Italian press, and the specific social historical context in which the BR developed both its own self-understanding and the complex dialectical connection with the social whole. I provide an interpretation of the experience of the BR as a group that wanted to make history and ended up being subjected to it.

In relation to both scholarly treatment and popular perceptions, which tend for the most part to depict the BR as an "absolute negation" of the constitutive values of ...


“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco Jan 2012

“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Documentary film is an increasingly popular genre and due to cheap filmmaking technologies, there are more documentary films being produced than ever before. Yet, despite the democratization of production, documentary filmmakers still face a number of challenges when it comes to funding, producing, and distributing their films. Copyright issues are a popular area of focus, but the cost of copyright clearance is not the only difficulty facing filmmakers. This qualitative study of documentary filmmakers explores the particular challenges faced by documentary filmmakers in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and places them in the context of historical figures and films of the ...


Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé Jan 2010

Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The succession of highly authoritarian military regimes that have ruled over the country of Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar) since 1962 have systematically suppressed their citizens' fundamental freedoms of speech and expression. Such repression has become one of the primary mechanisms employed by Burma's junta to curtail political opposition and preserve their authority over nearly all dimensions of Burmese society. Currently, the nation maintains one of the lowest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) penetration rates in the world.

Researchers have conceptualized the relationship between power and technology in both utopian and dystopian ways over time. Dystopian theorists have tended ...